U. S. Coast Guard Museum Collection
Just a few of the historic items in the Museum's
from the ward room of the USRC Androscoggin, and
a silver plated serving spoon made by the R. Wallace Company for the
Revenue Cutter Service.
one of a kind medal
struck for and awarded to then LT Ellsworth P.
Bertholf for his work in the overland relief of whalemen and their ships
who had become trapped in the ice at Point Barrow in the winter of
given to the volunteers who rescued the 32 people on
the Steamer Metis when it ran into trouble off Long Island at
Watch Hill, Rhode Island, on August 31, 1872.
awarded posthumously to LT John Pritchard, USCG.
The Coast Guard awarded the DFC to LT Pritchard for his attempted rescue
of an Army Air Force B-17 which had crashed on 9 November 1942 on the icecap on the
side of Greenland. The first day, Pritchard and
Radioman First Class Benjamin Bottoms rescued two injured crewmen and
returned them to his cutter, USCGC Northland. The
second day, 29 November 1942 their aircraft disappeared in a storm.
& Propaganda Posters:
Winslow of the Coast Guard (1943): Through thirteen episodes Don
Winslow battles the German accented Scorpion, ally of the Japanese in
their plans to invade the West Coast of the United States. Based
on the newspaper feature "Don Winslow of the Navy," these
"shorts" played between feature films at movie theatres during
World War II.
World War II Art:
- "Embarkation" painting by Jacob A. Lawrence
oil on canvas by BMC William Goadby Lawrence, Coast Guard Artist.
of Alexander Hamilton, oil on canvas copy of portrait by Copley.
Hamilton was the first Secretary of the Treasury and the
"father" of the Coast Guard.
of Revenue Marine Captain Frederick Lee, commanding the cutter
during the War of 1812. He was responsible for the safety of New
Haven Harbor, Connecticut, and Long Island Sound during the war.
HMS Dispatch captured the Eagle after a 24-hour
Swords, Uniforms Accoutrements:
Life-Saving Service Cap worn by Surfman A. A. Jacobs while stationed
at Life-Saving Station No. 19, Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts.
Jacobs served in both the U.S. Life-Saving Service and the Coast Guard.